13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Maureen Johnson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What changed that Keith does not have to leave school?

2. What almost had Keith quitting school?

3. What does Ginny do that flusters Keith?

4. What is one reason Ginny is having difficulties?

5. What is Ginny's next task?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Keith's roommate?

2. What is Ginny's experience in the theater?

3. How does Ginny feel at the door to the pub and what does Keith tell her?

4. Where does Ginny go at the Coliseum, what does she do and what does the letter she opens there say?

5. Who opens the door when Ginny goes to the address in London given in the letter?

6. What is Ginny's first "assignment"?

7. Describe the process Ginny goes through to purchase the tickets.

8. Where does Ginny go to search for artists, and what does she decide?

9. How does Ginny decide to get the money to the artist?

10. What is contained in the second envelope?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"13 Little Blue Envelopes" belongs to the teen novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the teen novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a teen novel and a historical novel?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "13 Little Blue Envelopes". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Johnson chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Johnson chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Johnson's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Johnson use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme.)

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "13 Little Blue Envelopes" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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